When Connecticut's New Canaan High School said goodbye to students in the summer of 2015, it said hello to an ambitious new project: boxing up 7,000 books to make room for a brand-new makerspace to encourage students' creative thinking, problem-solving and self-directed learning.

When the school's new principal asked what library media specialists were doing with all the library's books, and inquired about a makerspace, head librarian Michelle Luhtala knew she had a chance to do something unique with the library's learning environment.

"Kids just come in and make what they want," Luhtala said. "That's the thing that is so much fun."

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